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ONA Honors Lizzy McPhee with First Emerging Leader in Nursing Practice Award

Congratulations to ONA member Lizzy McPhee, RN, who received ONA’s inaugural Susan E. King Emerging Leader in Nursing Practice Award at ONA’s Convention in April. ONA’s nursing practice award recognizes emerging nurse leaders who are making a difference for nurses and the nursing profession.

“It was very humbling to receive this award,” McPhee said. “It’s a wonderful celebration of Susan King’s legacy.

While her own work is just beginning, McPhee’s contributions to nursing practice have already elevated the voice of nurses at the bedside, the bargaining table and on the national stage.

At Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU), McPhee has served on her unit-based nurse practice committee and the hospital staffing committee, as Vice-President and Secretary of the Association of University Registered Nurses (AURN) bargaining unit executive team and on the board of the National Nursing Network Organization.

Lizzy McPhee, RN, is the recipient of ONA's inaugural Susan E. King Emerging Leader in Nursing Practice Award.

“There are so many opportunities for nurses to take on important roles and use our voice,” McPhee said. “I want to help show other nurses how to use their voice to make a difference.”

With contract negotiations coming up at OHSU, she is working with ONA’s AURN/OHSU bargaining unit team to engage local nurses to bring nurses experience and expertise to the bargaining table.
McPhee also balances her official roles with her volunteer work as a radiation response trained volunteer for the Medical Reserve Corps and SERV-OR.

“Whether working to provide quality care in clinical practice, volunteering in the community, or advancing the nursing profession's national and perhaps global impact through her advocacy, Elizabeth has already had a significant impact as a leader,” said ONA President Katy Cooper, BSN, RN, CCRN, when she presented the award to McPhee. “As she advances in her education, I expect to see her continue her leadership activities. I am excited to watch her soar as a truly inspirational leader in nursing practice in the years to come.”

McPhee was honored to receive the first-ever Susan E. King Emerging Leader in Nursing Practice Award hopes she can use her experience to help others develop into nurse leaders.

Lizzy McPhee, RN, with Susan King, RN, after receiving the inaugural Susan E. King Emerging Leader in Nursing Practice Award.

“Other leaders inspired me. They saw a spark in me and pushed me to get involved,” McPhee said. “I hope I can do the same thing for other nurses and help them find their voice.”

The Susan E. King Emerging Leader in Nursing Practice Award is named in honor of ONA’s Executive Director Susan E. King, RN, MS, CEN, FAAN. King is a lifelong ONA member and nursing advocate who has dedicated her career to improving patient care and advancing nursing practice in Oregon and across the country.

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